I got to do some nice hiking in Joshua Tree last week. We got in some rock climbing as well. I only took my Mizuno trail running shoes, and I'm happy to report that they worked very well for the hikes - with the only exception being really sandy areas where the low-cut profile of the shoe let to sand getting in. Overall, though, I had no complaints. In particular, the shoes held on to the grippy rocks in the park as if they had glue on their soles. I was immensely pleased.
I did get to do a quick 5 mile shot up to the Griffith Park Observatory upon my return to LA. That run never ceases to be one of the best courses in the US to run. I always enjoy the heck out of it. My new Mizuno Wave Inspires continue to be my favorite road shoes to date (and I've had quite a few that I've really liked).
I did the Sanders Saunter course at ClintonNorth Shorethis morning. I felt really good, so just cruised it. The trails at Clinton are nice and challenging,and give you a good return for the effort expended. The day has been amazing. It was (and is) windy. But I'll take sunny and 70F anytime I can get it in November. The whole run was shorts and t shirts, and no chills to speak of.
Tomorrow it is supposed to get pretty cold. I plan to hit the river early and knock out an easy 8.5 before the rains settle in.